Thanks to Steve Sosensky s post on May 29th, I remembered something I was going to do but kept forgetting to do it. I got to the Trail of 100 Giants atJun 3, 2003 1 of 2View SourceThanks to Steve Sosensky's post on May 29th, I remembered something I
was going to do but kept forgetting to do it. I got to the Trail of
100 Giants at 8:00a.m. and had the 1st of 4 Pileated Woodpeckers at
8:30a.m. I had 3 great looks. 1st was at the trail marker that
reads "Reflection Pond" there were 2 on the tree to the left of the
marker, the same tree that is dipicted on the marker itself. They
were very vocal and were moving about alot at the top of the tree.
2nd sighting was made by just running down the drumming sound. 3rd
was very cool. I had one land on a downed dead tree that was laying
close to the trail and stayed there for quite awhile foraging for
insects. (got a decent photo with my cheep-o Minolta zoom camera)
also had Brown Creepers,Mt.Quail,fox Sparrows,and Western Tanagers.
Just to keep this a Kern Co. post, I was at Butterbredt yesterday
until 10:30. birding was very slow with nothing of note to mention
except the heat.
Birders: I spent the day with Brad Hannink and Gary File in the area of Trail of 100 Giants, in Tulare County, northeast of Bakersfield, in the mountains. AtJul 5, 2005 1 of 2View SourceBirders: I spent the day with Brad Hannink and Gary File in the area
of Trail of 100 Giants, in Tulare County, northeast of Bakersfield, in
the mountains. At Holey Meadow, Brad spotted two PILEATED
WOODPECKERS - an adult male feeding what must have been a juvenile
male. At the same time, we heard at least one other bird in the
surrounding trees. It was Brad's first birding excursion! How many
birders get a Pileated Woodpecker on their first birding trip? Pretty
amazing. Trail of 100 Giants is open and now fully accessible to
wheelchairs. The thinning and felling of old trees is NOT obtrusive.
There are still plenty of dead snags. Birding, however, was very slow
at the trail, proper. The meadows along the way were much more
productive, with 7 warbler species seen. And the temperature never
exceeded 70 degrees!